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The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt
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Dec 11, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

Another great book from Siri.

Favourite quotes:
p.22 "To distract herself from her husband abandoning her, she begins to record her earliest sexual feelings and events."

She didn't get very far with these records, but it was an amusing idea.

p. 25 [re. the protagonist's mother] "Although age had shrunk her, it had also intensified her, as if the lack of remaining time had had the effect of stripping away all fat -- both physical and mental"

p. 65 "Perception is never passive. We are not only receivers of the world; we also actively produce it. There is a hallucinatory quality to all perception and illusions are easy to create."

p. 178 "Oh remember that my life is wind." - from Job 7:7

p. 178 "What once was the future is now the past, but the past comes back as a present memory, is here and now in the time of writing."

p. 181 "Thee are tragedies and there are comedies, aren't there? And they are often more the same than different, rather like men and women...A comedy depends on stopping the story at exactly the right moment."


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